Here we'll cast the spotlight on all things PHR... Products, team members, riders, fabrics and other PHR goodness!
2020 is Shannon's third year with PHR. This year, Shannon is working with us in a social media support role, as she is expecting a wee bundle of joy very soon!
We asked 20 questions... read on for the answers!
1. What is your favourite part about working with PHR? "Getting to be involved with a group of girls who are just as passionate about the brand as I am."
2. What advice would you give a rider who wants to join our team? "Be proactive, keep your social media frequent but don’t repeat same style posts and most of all have fun!"
3. What is your absolute favourite PHR outfit? "My first custom outfit (my white, red and grey lace) matched with white breeches! So stunning."
4. Where do you hope to be with your riding 10 years from now? "I hope to be showjumping and enjoying myself. Hopefully my kids will be joining me on the comp circuit."
5. How do you manage your nerves before competing? "When I was younger absolutely nothing worked but now that I’m older I just tell myself to go have fun and take at least one thing to work on for next time. It’s never the end of the world if things don’t go to plan."
6. How would you describe your approach to training your horse/s? "I am fairly relaxed and give the horse as much time as they need. If the horse needs to stay at 80cm for a year who cares, their confidence is more important than ‘looking good’. Don’t like rushing things and I recognise that every horse is different and learns at different rates- just like us."
7. What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? "Rabbit carpaccio."
8. What gets you out of bed in the morning? "At the moment well my baby belly kicking me… All jokes aside every day is a new adventure and quoting Nickelback “everyday is a gift, and not a given right” I think about that quote when I just feel like there is no point in getting up and being productive."
9. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years? "To try and not dwell on the negative. Something positive will always come. Sometimes it just takes a while."
10. What is the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had? "The most interesting job I have had would have to be Social media marketing for the Granite Belt wine region. It was so interesting promoting a whole region."
11. The 3 words that best describe you are: "1: remorseful (when done wrong) 2: amiable 3: considerate"
12. What is on your bucket list? "My bucket list is literally to live a happy and prosperous life and travel the beautiful country we live in. Overseas doesn’t really appeal to me except for Canada."
13. What is your guilty pleasure? "Maccas chips with sweet and sour sauce."
14. Where is the best place you’ve travelled to and why? "Adelaide, such different scenery and LOVED the 3DE atmosphere. Was interesting comparing Adelaide Hills vineyards to the Granite Belt."
15. Any favourite line from a movie? "Hunger Games Catching Fire: Our lives aren’t just measured in years, they’re measured in the lives of the people we touch around us."
16. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do? "Pay off all debt, so I could then buy a property."
What’s your most memorable facepalm moment? "Was walking with spurs on… I am pigeon toed and I got my left foot stuck under the spur on my right and I full on face planted."
17. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be? "PASTA."
18. What is an ability you wish you had? "To somehow create world peace."
19. What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded? "Ovia pregnancy."
20. What does a typical day look like for you? "Get up feed dogs, swap horses around, eat breakfast in bed and watch Netflix then go to work at the Winery…which is where I live so the commute is not far.."
Sarah O'Connor is in her second year of Ambassadorship with PHR. Sarah and her horse Jasper are from the Mid North Coast of NSW.
We asked 20 questions... read on for the answers!
1. What 3 words would you use to describe being a PHR Ambassador? "Inspiring, unforgettable experience."
2. Your most over used words? "'HAHAHA' or 'oath' or 'the ghetto'."
3. What celebrity do people think you look like? "They don’t say I look like her, but people always associate me or ask me about Sarah Connor from the terminator."
4. Most exhilarating riding moment? "Finishing my first EVA80 track, going through the flags double clear with my best friend!"
5. Which is the most challenging horse you’ve ridden and why? "Definitely Jasper! He is not an easy horse to ride and we have come so far to get where we are today."
6. Which chore do you hate the most? "Doing the dishes."
7. What is the best place you've travelled to? "I love Tasmania!!"
8. How did you first learn about PHR? "Through an ambassador, like myself! At an event; I’m so grateful that I can now give others that opportunity."
9. The last experience that made me a stronger person? "When someone dear to me left me."
11. What is your hidden talent? "Arguing! I have been on my school debate since I was in year 4."
12. My approach to training my horses? "I am extremely lucky to have an incredible coach on my side, but patience, forgiveness and understanding are my three main goals and focus points!"
13. If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you’d do? "Put most of it in savings and give the rest to Leukaemia foundation."
14. Your least favourite food? "Brussel sprouts!"
15. Three words that describe me? "Loud, determined and outgoing."
16. My greatest strength as a rider? "This is a hard one as it can be both my greatest strength and my greatest weakness. But I have a large aspiration and determination to always be my best, to be a proactive rider and to achieve the top. I believe this has helped me with where I am today but can also be a setback if it becomes too much of who I am."
17. If you could be any fictional character who would you be? "Kelly Jenkins from Flicka 3."
18. Absolute favourite PHR outfit? "I would never be able to pick just one as they are separately unique and amazing, they just can’t be compared!"
19. If I could witness any historical event it would be? "The first Badminton Horse Trials!"
20. The best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? “The ones that mind don’t matter, and the ones that matter don’t mind!”
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Now, let's get stuck into it!
These great questions are very similar, so I'll answer them both at once. Thanks Chloe and Sarah for asking!
There were a few things really, but I'll just touch on the main ones here...
I really wanted to offer customers unique and individual apparel that stands out in the crowd. I wanted to provide riders the opportunity to express their personality through their riding attire. This is why all of our gear is designed by us, all the fabrics we use are selected by us. We DO NOT buy bulk quantities straight out of catalogues. This is how we stay unique and true to brand. We are also a bit rebellious, in that we don't follow trends!
The other main motivation was the frustration and disappointment at the lack of flattering equestrian wear for petite sizes, and the inability to find adult styles that FIT. Many smaller framed riders turn to children's sizes in their frustration, but children's riding apparel lacks the more mature shape and styling of ladies gear. As a smaller framed rider I have felt this frustration personally, so I was very keen to improve the availability of riding apparel in this end of the size range.
It wasn't just about the petite sizes though. I also felt a drive to provide customers of all shapes and sizes with options to achieve a more personalised fit to their apparel. This is why we offer a 'made to measure' service for our shirts, and our dressmakers make all sizes requested by our customers.
Hi Olivia, thanks for your question.
Some of our breeches have a slightly shorter length, depending on the style. As for our shirts, as I mentioned we offer made to measure services so we are able to customise shirts to the length required by the customer.
If you or anyone else out there would like to know more about this please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We'll be happy to help you :)
This is actually a really hard one to answer!
Due to the services we provide and the fact that we use local dressmakers, which is something we will continue to do, we need to grow carefully, within our limits.
But here are a few things I'd like to see happen within the next 5 years...
An expansion in the type of apparel we provide to include items other than just breeches and shirts,
Improve and expand our reach and relationships with our awesome customers,
I'm also very excited to see how our Team Rider Program develops, as it has become quite a large part of what we do and I love supporting and collaborating with great Aussie riders from all levels and backgrounds.
Thanks very much to everyone for the awesome questions! We'll be back with another Q&A session soon!
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Ok, here we go!
This is a great question, thanks for asking!
We absolutely are! If you order something that's already in stock the process is completely normal. We are still posting next business day as much as we can - which is standard practice for us anyway.
At the moment the only real change is with those orders that include items that need to be made up - so stuff that isn't in stock at the time. Those orders are unfortunately taking us a little longer than usual to fill, mostly because we've had to chage the way we interact with and get materials to our dressmakers. These new processes just take a bit longer.
But we are very grateful for any orders coming through at the moment, and are just thanking everyone for their patience as we adjust to all of these new processes.
A big yes fom us Amy!
We know a lot of you guys have been waiting for us to do the beige. I can say very happily that they are in process and will be the next lot of breeches that we release, so stay tunes for those!
Well Chloe, unfortunately I can't give you guys a definite release date, and that's due to the uncertainty of the current situation. But as I said, beige is in process, we know that for sure and we're super keen for those! We will release them for you asap!
That's all we have time for today. Thanks so much to everyone who asked a question through our story! We loved them all, they were really great. We'll get to answering the rest of your questions very soon.
Keep an eye out for our next Q&A session!
Petite Horse & Rider PRODUCT REVIEW on our CUSTOM LACE SHOW SHIRTS ~ by LAUREN JONES.
"In true style of all PHR products this shirt is unique and really stands out from the crowd. Perfect for under a jacket or just by itself this shirt is perfect for dressage or the show ring.
"Made in quality polycotton stretch fabrics for a comfortable fit that’s not hot or baggy under a jacket. The white lace and satin collar are what really make this shirt so striking receiving compliments wherever you go. With the zipper and two clear press studs located on the back of the collar the look of the lace is left undisturbed. This shirt has a tailored shape and a little extra length to allow it to be tucked in without the troubles of it always coming untucked.
"This stunning shirt is one that you can assist in the design of so that you can have your dream shirt for the show season or to just ride at home in. This shirt can be done in any of PHRs regular sizes or can be custom made to your exact measurements for a perfect personalised fit.
"You can order a custom lace show shirt of your own design by contacting Petite Horse & Rider with whatever you have in mind. Use the code LAUREN10 for 10% off your order."
Lauren is one of our NSW Ambassadors, located on the Mid North Coast. Lauren competes in showjumping, hacking and dressage with her team of talented horses.
Read Lauren's Team Rider Profile HERE.
Read Lauren's 20 Questions Spotlight HERE.
This week we caught up with one of our NSW ambassadors Olivia Telfer for the 20 Questions Spotlight. Olivia is a local ambassador and has been supporting PHR since we opened just over 2 years ago.
This week we caught up with our junior ambassador Hayley Dalton for the 20 Questions Spotlight. Hayley is one of our Victorian ambassadors and primarily competes in eventing.
In the spotlight this week is junior Ambassador Madison Tong. Madison is a showjumper from Western Australia.
Lauren is one of our NSW Ambassadors, located on the Mid North Coast. Lauren competes with her three horses Bounce, Jarrah and Brandy.
Mikaela represents PHR in Para Dressage circles, competing on her lovely mare Rappa.
11. Which are your favourite events and why? “My favourite events would have to be the Riding for the Disabled NSW State Dressage Championships and Gymkhana, and the Riding for the Disabled Australia National Championships because it’s where I started and when I’m there it’s like I’m with a second family.”
16. If you could take a ride on any horse, past or present, which one would it be? “Timor Vegemite. He was the very first horse I competed on in dressage and prior to this took his rider to the podium winning a bronze medal in the Sydney Paralympics.”
20. Any superstitions when it comes to competing? “I have a lucky key ring that was given to me by a friend (horse themed of course). Every event I have it in a pocket.”